The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative Selects monterey media’s Trade of Innocents – Highlights Reality of Human Trafficking

New York, NY (August 23, 2012): The Creative Coalition announced today that monterey media’s TRADE of INNOCENTS, has been selected for the organization’s prestigious Spotlight Initiative. The film highlights the shocking reality of human trafficking.

The Creative Coalition created the Spotlight Initiative as an integrated partnership that champions the art and craft of independent filmmaking by expanding a film’s outreach to leaders in business, entertainment, arts, and policy.  Each year, The Creative Coalition selects up to ten movies – both feature films and documentaries – to be included in the Spotlight Initiative. 

TRADE of INNOCENTS stars Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding, J. Edgar, Big Miracle, The Grey) and Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) who play a couple grieving the loss of their own daughter while working to rescue children victimized by sex trafficking in Cambodia.  The film also stars John Billingsley (2012) and Trieu Tran (Tropic Thunder, “Newsroom”) and shows the problems facing those who want to bring justice to the seedy brothels of underworld commercial sexual exploitation of children, including extreme poverty, cultural complications, and police and government complicity in crime.

Dermot Mulroney said, “I am thrilled that TRADE of INNOCENTS was selected by The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative. This is that rare film that manages to be a gripping thriller, deeply compelling, heartbreaking, and based on real events. At the same time, it sheds light on this important issue that is rarely depicted in films. The persistence of the problem of human trafficking continues to prove that it will take all the efforts of committed world citizens to begin to make a dent in and eventually end human trafficking and slavery in all forms.”

Mira Sorvino said, “I am very proud that this film is part of The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative. As a UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to combat human trafficking, I know most people are unaware that this terrible trade of children for sexual exploitation flourishes both in the US and around the globe; TRADE of INNOCENTS will open their eyes and their hearts, and inspire them to become part of the solution.”

TRADE of INNOCENTS is written and directed by Christopher Bessette (The Enemy God) and Produced by William Bolthouse, Laurie Bolthouse, and Jim Schmidt.

About The Creative Coalition The Creative Coalition ( is the premiere 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, and arts advocacy. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President.

About monterey media  monterey media inc.(, incorporated in 1979, is a privately owned entertainment industry company specializing in the acquisition, distribution and sale of motion pictures and other programming and is actively engaged in all areas of domestic media, including theatrical distribution, film festivals and other distinctive venues, iTunes, television including all major Pay-Per-View and Video-on-Demand providers, Showtime, Starz, Lifetime, PBS, Super Channel, home entertainment markets and a variety of others.

About Dean River Productions Dean River Productions, Inc. began in 1998 as an independent production services company to produce high quality “family friendly” feature films, made-for-television movies, and animated specials with inspirational and value driven themes to reach audiences of all ages.

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